Congratulations to sophomore Kanchan Naik for winning a gold and silver medal in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, placing her among the top 1% of the nearly 340,000 submissions received nationwide.
Kanchan's "starving" piece won the Silver Medal in the Poetry category while her piece, "Bottled Up" won the Gold Medal in the Flash Fiction category. Her work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
"Although Kanchan is no longer a student in my English class, it makes me immensely happy and proud that we still correspond often about her poetry and writing," says Ms. Ekta Shah, Upper School English instructor at Quarry Lane, "I knew she had a gift for writing ever since she stepped into my classroom three years ago." Kanchan was Ms. Shah's student in eighth grade and currently works with her on Quarry Lane's Speech and Debate team. "She is beyond talented and one of the most hardworking students I've ever met," she adds, "and, to be frank, she's one of the students that reminds me why I became a teacher in the first place."
Since 1923, the Scholastic Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country. Kanchan is now part of that legacy, joining the ranks of celebrated alumni like writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates.
National medalists will have their work published on Scholastic's Online Galleries in June. In addition, Kanchan and Ms. Shah have been invited to attend a ceremony hosted by Scholastic in June at Carnegie Hall in New York.